- February means the second month of the year.
An example of February is the month that comes after January.
The month of February.
February definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English Februarie ; from Classical Latin Februarius (mensis), origin, originally month of expiation ; from februa, Romans; Roman festival of purification held Feb. 15, plural of februum, means of purification, probably ; from Indo-European an unverified form dhwes-, to stir up, blow, eddy from source deer, dizzy
February definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. Feb·ru·ar·ies Abbr. Feb.
Origin: Middle English Februarie, from Latin Februārius (mēnsis), (month) of purification, from februa, expiatory offerings, possibly of Sabine origin.Usage Note: Although the variant pronunciation (fĕbˈyo͞o-ĕrˌē) is often censured because it doesn't reflect the spelling of the word, it is quite common in educated speech and is generally considered acceptable. The loss of the first r in this pronunciation can be accounted for by the phonological process known as dissimilation, by which similar sounds in a word tend to become less similar. In the case of February, the loss of the first r is also owing to the influence of January, which has only one r.